Yes, you read the title right.
To put it in other terms, the Fire have gone four full games or eight halves without scoring a goal.

Past games:

  • 1-0 L vs New England
  • 0-0 Draw vs Atlanta
  • 4-0 L vs Salt Lake
  • 0-0 draw at New York Red Bulls


“Struggling” is a generous word to describe the Fire’s offensive state currently. The drought has been reflected in the results, with Chicago finding themselves 13th on the Eastern Conference table, not far from being completely last. The drought has also affected the fanbase, with dwindling confidence and calling for major change within the club, whether that be a change of ownership, change of front office, change of technical staff, or roster changes. Maybe even all of the mentioned.

Whatever the issue is, the transfer window is closed, and Mansueto doesn’t show any signs of the front office being on the hot seat or HC Frank Klopas. The club will just simply have to step it up.

What The Next 360 Minutes Look Like

The past four games are games that surely any Fire fan are wishing they could forget, so what do the next four games look like? Luckily for the Fire, motivation won’t be an issue for the next game. That is thanks to the opponent, new (relatively new) kids in town, St. Louis City SC. The Fire were victorious over their neighboring rivals last year in both matchups, knocking them out in the Open Cup and taking three points in MLS play. An exciting matchup like this could be what the guys need to start getting the ball in the back of the net.

If a local rivalry and a chance to revive your season don’t motivate the club to put on a good showing, then who knows what it will take?


After that St. Louis trip in which hopefully the drought is ended, the Fire don’t have much turnaround time to prepare to take on Charlotte at home on a Wednesday night. Charlotte are 6th and looking a lot better in the Eastern Conference table than the Fire, but both teams have five losses so it’s definitely a winnable game considering it’s also at home.

Then comes the season series finale against Columbus Crew. Columbus has only one loss on the season and has been killing it in the Concacaf Champions League. They are tied for the least goals allowed in the conference, so it will be a tough matchup for the Fire’s lacking offense.

To wrap up the four-game slate, the Men in Red travel over to the capital to face off with DC United at Audi Field. DC United sits in the last spot of the MLS playoffs for the Eastern Conference currently.

Every game in the Eastern Conference is important, but even more so when it’s against an opponent the Fire can find themselves competing with on Decision Day for a playoff spot.

Let’s hope the next 360 minutes bring more moments to celebrate and more balls in the net. 


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